Board of Trustees

2019 Board of Trustees

The responsibility of the Jackson District Library Board of Trustees is to set policy and direction for the Library.


2019 Meeting Dates and Location

The JDL Board of Trustees meets at 6:00pm on the 4th Thursday of the month except for holidays and special meetings. Meeting locations are listed on the schedule below.

January 10 6:00 P.M. Admin. Building Study Session

January 24 6:00 P.M. Carnegie Branch Annual Meeting

January 24 6:00 P.M. Carnegie Branch Regular Meeting

February 23 2:30 P.M. United Way 536 N Jackson St. Special Meeting

March 14 6:00 P.M. Admin. Building Study Session

March 28 6:00 P.M. Summit Branch Regular Meeting

May 9 6:00 P.M. Admin. Building Study Session

May 24 6:00 P.M. Brooklyn Branch Regular Meeting

July 11 6:00 P.M. Admin. Building Study Session

July 25 6:00 P.M. Henrietta Branch Regular Meeting

September 12 6:00 P.M. Admin. Building Study Session

September 26 6:00 P.M. Meijer Branch Regular Meeting

November 21 4:30 P.M. Napoleon Branch Study Session

November 21 6:00 P.M. Napoleon Branch Regular Meeting

December 19 4:30 P.M. Admin. Building Study Session

December 19 6:00 P.M. Carnegie Branch Regular Meeting

President | Jacqueline Barber


Jacqueline Barber, a life long resident of Jackson County, joined the board in September 2014. She and her husband John are parents to four children and eleven grandchildren. She has an Associates degree from Jackson College and a Bachelor Of Arts from Spring Arbor University. For Thirty-Seven years she has worked as a Children’s Program Manager at Community Action Agency, overseeing the daily operation of nine Head Start/GSRP early childhood classrooms and a food service department. Barber is also an active member and Trustee at Lily Missionary Baptist Church. During her free time she enjoys spending time with family and friends, tending to flower beds (during the summer months), walking, bike riding, attending and teaching aerobics, reading, and just spending time at home.

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Secretary & Treasurer | Bill Jors

Secretary/Treasurer Bill Jors

Bill Jors was appointed to the JDL Board in December 2017. He was born, raised and still resides in the City of Jackson.

Jors was a 1985 graduate of Jackson High School. In 1990 he graduated from Spring Arbor College with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. Jors served as Mayor of Jackson from 2015 to 2017. Jors is currently the Vice-President of Business Development – Commercial Loan Officer at County National Bank. He has been with the bank since 2005. He also serves the community through several Jackson area charities.

Mr. Jors is currently single and has an 18 year old daughter who is presently attending Adrian College.

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Trustee | Heather Albee-Scott

Trustee Heather Albee-Scott

Mrs. Albee-Scott joined the board in December 2012, and served her term as president in 2017. Heather moved to Jackson from Logan, Utah with her husband, daughter, their three dogs and a cat in 2010. She grew up in Wisconsin and Pennsylvania in a family of avid readers who visited the local library every week. She received her degree in philosophy from Utah State University. Currently, Heather works with Jackson Public Schools and Jackson College. In 2011, she formed a group with other parents, teachers, administrators and community members to rebuild the middle school at Parkside library. Heather also serves on the Center Stage Jackson Youth Committee, the Jackson Community Foundation Legacy Committee, and is also a member of Kiwanis.

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Trustee | Beverley McGill

Beverley has lived in Jackson for 28 years. A proud mom of three, she is now a doting grandmother. Beverley received her BSW from Virginia Commonwealth University and her MA from Eastern Michigan University. Her entire career has been in the non-profit field, serving currently as the Fund Development Director at Highfields. Beverley was a co-founder of the Jackson Women’s History Council which coordinates the annual Susan B. Anthony Awards and serves on the board of the Jackson School of the Arts.

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Trustee | Shane LaPorte

Trustee Shane Laporte

Shane LaPorte was also appointed to the JDL Board on December 11, 2017. He is a lifetime resident of Jackson County.

LaPorte obtained a Bachelor’s degree from Siena Heights University and possesses a Builder’s license.

LaPorte is the owner of two businesses: LaPorte’s Harvest Moon Farm and Titan Takedown youth wrestling club. He also served as a coach for 29 years at Jackson Catholic Schools: Lumen Christi and Jackson Christian Middle School.

Mr. LaPorte worked as a Police Officer for 29 years and a Senior Code Enforcement Officer 3 years.

“The library is a valuable asset in our community, the services provided play a vital role in the education process for lifelong learning,” states LaPorte and he wants to be a part of improving the library’s mission.

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Trustee | Erik Lyman

Trustee Erik Lyman

The Jackson District Library Board of Trustees welcomed their newest member into the fold after Jackson City Council members voted in December 2018 to appoint Erik Lyman to the position.
Lyman is set to serve on the board of trustees through Aug. 23, 2021, and currently works as the Communications Coordinator at the Ella Sharp Museum in Jackson. “Since returning to Jackson in 2015, I have really taken advantage of all that JDL has to offer,” Lyman said. “I love JDL and am honored to serve them moving forward.”
Lyman grew up in Fenton and earned degrees from Mott Community College and Spring Arbor University. He started his career managing the marketing and public relations of a number of small businesses in the greater-Toledo area before moving back to Michigan to work at the Ella Sharp Museum.

Meeting Agendas


January 28, 2016 Annual Meeting

January 28, 2016 Regular Meeting

Special Meeting February 4, 2016

Special Meeting February 23, 2016

February 25, 2016 CANCELED

March 9, 2016

March 24, 2016

April 28, 2016 CANCELED

May 26, 2016

June 23, 2016 CANCELED

July 14, 2016

July 28, 2016 CANCELED

August 25, 2016

September 22, 2016 CANCELED

October 27, 2016

November 17, 2016CANCELED

December 15, 2016 Budget Hearing

December 15, 2016

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Past Meeting Minutes


January 24, 2019 Annual Meeting

January 24, 2019

February 23, 2019 Special Meeting

March 28, 2019

May 23, 2019

July 25, 2019

September 26, 2019

November 21, 2019

December 19, 2019

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